Gold Claw | Blue Lobster Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Blue Lobster Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of a "table" American Pale Ale. Hopped with Ahtanum and Falconer’s Flight.

Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 71
Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

On tap at the source
Mostly clear light golden color with a huge bubbly head. Earthy pine with a very slight Belgian yeasty or plastic phenol. Wicked carbonic bite on the tongue. Decent but seems way over carbonated as did the other beer I tried today.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, straw-gold coloring with a frothy, foamy, bright white head. Good retention and great cling. Nose of resiny hops, heavy pine and pitch, with a subtle toasty backbone. Wow! Flavors of rich toast and floral notes forward, with a bitter and resin hops follow. Very balanced, with a biscuit and bitter aftertaste. Hoppy enough to challenge IPAs. Dry, clean finish, with a bitter hop linger. Awesome beer!

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Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler. Thanks He Who Shall Not Be Named.

Pours a clear light amber golden color with a thin, light white head that fades to a ring of bubbles; no lace. Grassy and lemon aroma with a touch of citrus sweetness, light bready malt. Medium thick body, well carbonated. Flavor is a nice balance of biscuit malt, grassy hops, lemon rind, pine and biscuit. More of a blonde, than APA but refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours fairly clear and the color of illuminated honey. The head is a full cap of white fluff.

S-Very hoppy and aromatic. Clearly high quality. Grassy and fruity hops waft into my nostrils. There is also a great crackery-sweet malty undertone. I am excited.

T-The flavor is also excellent. Balanced and bold (especially for a sub 5%er). Grassy hops and pine-finishing hops wrap the fruity middle. The beer is delectably malty as well. Sweet biscuit malt complements those exotic fruity hop flavor very well.

M-Dry and bitter and supremely drinkable. Sessionable as they come. Prickly bubbles.

O/D-An excellent Pale Ale. I would love to have this more easily available to me. This one simply shouldn't taste this complex and intense at such a relatively low ABV. Superb.

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Photo of mltobin
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Blue Lobster Brewing in Hampton.

The appearance is a nice gold color with a finger of white head. Its` nose contains grapefruit, sweetness, citra hops and grass. The taste is full of citrus fruits, pine, a subdued malt profile, light spice too. Mouthfeel is very low key, some bitterness in the finish. All in all, a very good pale ale. My only wish is that New Hampshire was not so far away !

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold Claw pours a hazy, gold color with some amber hues with a moderate sized creamy head on top. As the foam fades away a coating of lace remains on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy. Lots of orange and grapefruit citrus with notes of pine and some pale malt sweetness mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and slightly chewy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of orange and grapefruit citrus with some pine notes and hints of tropical fruit. Malty sweetness balances out the hops. It finishes with a grassy bitterness and once gone the citrus and bitterness linger on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer with lots of hops. Easy to drink and with a low abv can be enjoyed all day long. Best enjoyed fresh.

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Photo of Omnium
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, On-tap at the brewery on 10-18-13

A - Clear gold with two fingers of white sudsy head, thick lacing.
S - Very citrusy, nice fresh grassy tones, light pine, a little dank.
T - Bready malt base with a really nice citrus taste, some spicy rye on the end.
M - Refreshing a tad sticky
O - Great APA, tons of flavor, well balanced.

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Photo of RichD
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Blue Lobster stickered 750mL growler into a stemless heady topper glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow with about 2 fingers of white foam. The head disappears over a short amount of time leaving a white ring.

S: The smell yields some pine and some citrus notes right after. I also pick up some faint malts. It smells quite balanced, but I can definitely tell that this is going to be very hop forward.

T: The taste follows the nose quite well. Some piney flavors begin and then transform into some strong citrus flavors before allowing the bitterness to come in with the malts at the end. There's some good depth to this and the juiciness makes this really desirable.

M: This is actually a kind of thin feeling beer. Light carbonation, but very smooth. A drying of the mouth occurs which tells me that it's time to take another sip. As I said, this brew packs some pungency but it's extremely drinkable. This is categorized as a pale ale but it has IPA characteristics.

Overall: I'd love to find out the IBU level of this. At 4.5% ABV this is very flavorful. I've yet to try the highest rated APAs on this site, but I can tell you that this beer should be right up there with them. A low ABV level with a great amount of flavor and bursting with hops; this is what makes this beer special. I really hope Blue Lobster decides to make this their flagship brew (if they haven't already) because this is the beer that will make everyone know who Blue Lobster is. Outstanding example of the style and what a delicious beer. Great job, guys!

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 2L growler into a Guinness imperial pint.

Appearance- Crystal clear orange/amber color with a one finger white head that left solid lacing around the top of the beer and the glass itself.

Smell- Dry resiny/piney hops, orange and clementine, and a nice malty backbone really stand out here.

Taste- Fruity citrusy hops mingle nicely with bitter piney hops. The maltyness balances out the hops perfectly. Tons of flavor for such a low abv.

Mouthfeel- Light resin and moderate carbonation. Somewhat sticky, but still lighter and refreshing.

Overall- This is a phenomenal pale. Any bit as good as Zombie Dust or Edward. One of my new favorite brewerys in my area.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours pale gold, bordering on straw yellow with a light creamy white head of tiny bubbles, which fade away into a scrim leaving a splotchy lacing along the glass. In body the beer is clean of all particles and expresses only a slight chill haze. On the nose this beer is beautifully bright and expressive, featuring prickly pine that morphs into lush and juicy citric pineapple and orange with light touches of grapefruit and mango. The nose of this beer alone easily stands up there with some of the best APA’s in America. On the tongue the beer tastes dry and complex with faint hints of sweeter bready malt and a faint touch of acidity from the hops. This beer is supremely balanced, however, with no aspect really overpowering the others. In flavor the beer begins as sweet juicy citric hops, blended with light fluffy malt. Eventually prickly pine works its way through the hop flavor, and even suggests pineapple briefly on the palate, but the malt character stays steady and strong providing a beautiful backbone for the hops to paint upon with light fluffy malt bread. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp, clean, and natural. The finish is of bright citric hops working beautiful bitter and juicy characteristics across the tongue that can’t quite be placed. The aftertaste is bitter with a lingering touch of very light bready malts. Carbonation is light and fluffs through the mouth, beautifully caressing the tongue. The beer feels on the highest point of light in body, just below medium, and is hugely drinkable, while the mouth is left dry and rather clean with just a light malty flavor linger in the mouth. The mouth is left begging to be wet again. Overall this is a hell of a session ale, and a hell of an APA. It is hugely complex in its hop character, and provides a beautiful malt canvas for the hops to work upon. This beer is perfect for the summer, and could be knocked back all day and night long. As soon as it leaves your mouth you just want more of it. Try this beer for sure!

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared a growler with a friend over Thanksgiving--this review is from notes from that tasting:

A: Pours a clear golden, as the name suggests, with a bit of amber, and a fluffy white head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves a wonderful sticky lacing. The color itself is a bit clearer than I was expecting, but the head and lacing make it beautiful.

S: Pine, a bit of grassiness, citrus, tropical fruits--both sweet and dry smelling. Very nice--this was one that I couldn't take my nose out of.

T: Grapefruit and a piney earthiness lead, followed by a clean grassy finish, all over a faint but present biscuity malt background--bright and soft throughout, with a complex but uncomplicated flavor profile. Lovely.

M: Dry medium mouthfeel--not as sticky or heavy as I would have expected, but still smooth and pleasant.

O: An top-notch American pale ale: the beer is a showcase for the hops without ignoring the soft malts, very crisp and clean throughout. If I lived on the Seacoast, I'd be leaving work early every Friday to pick up a growler of this stuff.

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Photo of Abilow33
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. I Had it from the tap at the Blue Lobster Store. Very crisp taste? It has sweet pine and fruit flavor. This beer is very flavorable. The color is golden brown with a very thick white head. The smell was strong and very good. This is one of those beers that is very hard to get but worth it, if you can get your hands on it.

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Gold Claw from Blue Lobster Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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